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State basketball wraps up

DES MOINES - The state basketball tournament in Des Moines wrapped up on Friday with all four classes playing their championship games. The day saw its fair share of blowouts and barn burners, wrapping up a wild 2018-19 season.

The first champinoship of the day was top-seeded Grand View Christian against seventh-seeded Alburnett, the team that knocked WACO out in an overtime substate game.

A low-scoring first half left Grand View with a 14-6 advantage at the break. Grand View pulled away in the second half, winning 43-24. Grand View’s Sharouna Sissoko had 10 points in the win. Issa Samake, a future Drake Bulldog, had nine points and 10 rebounds.

Former WACO coach Bob Hilmer, now a co-coach at No. 1 North Linn, picked up a state championship in the 2A game, thanks in part to 10 points from Jake Hillmer, his grandson. Jake also had eight assists in the win over third-seeded Boyden Hull.

North Linn led the game by just one point, at 21-20 at halftime, but outscored Boyden-Hull 18-4 in the third quarter and 21-17 in the fourth.

The best game of the day was the 3A championship, where No. 3 Oskaloosa edged out No. 1 Norwalk 48-44. The Indians led 20-12 at the end of the first quarter. Norwalk led 31-30 at halftime, and Oskaloosa led 39-38 after three periods.

Bowen Born led Norwalk with 26 points in the loss. Future Northern Iowa Panther Cole Henry finished the game with 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead Oskaloosa. Five-star recruit Xavier Foster had 12 points and three blocks.

Cedar Falls won their second title in a row in the 4A champinoship, coming back to defeat Dubuque Senior 44-41. Cedar Falls trailed 17-10 after one quarter, but led 24-23 at halftime and 34-29 after three quarters.

Logan Wolf led Cedar Falls with 15 points in the championship. Noah Carter, a UNI commit, had 12 points for Dubuque Senior.